the shape of acid jazz to come: MOSES BOYD's Dark Matter

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I've been meaning to start a thread on this, one of my top 2020 albums so far, but wasn't sure how much traction it would get (also I'm sure I'll regret this thread title in about ten mins). But then dow posted this on rolling jazz:

if the title of Moses Boyd's Dark Matter suggests a science fiction soundtrack, you're on the right trek: "Nommos Descent," feat. Nonku Phiri and Nubya Garcia, is like Quincy Jones of Young London Presents the New Nocturnal PostFreeBop Pop--that's the one that The Guardian calls "over produced," but I don't think so, it fits perfectly after the gruff, vivid social observations over circular jagged beats and recurring sax fiber of "Dancing in the Dark" feat. Obongjayar, the dubbier drive of "Only You," (incl. roil of looped[?] drums), and "Far Gone"'s flexing core times the rippling ricochet piano of Joe Armon-Jones. Elsewhere we get well-chosen bits of conversation, overblown flute, tough guitar---so far I'm only underwhelmed by the opener, which incl. tinny muted trumpet, not good to start w anticlimax.
I guess early works of Soul II Soul and Massive Attack might also be suggested, but this seems more consistently expansive and energized, in a cool, wider-ranging-record-collection way.

― dow, Tuesday, May 5, 2020 7:34 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

One of my favorites this year for sure

― Mordy, Tuesday, May 5, 2020 7:56 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

dow otm, though I don't quite agree about the first track, I've always liked muted trumpet and the whole thing has an overture quality that works as an opener imo

dip to dup (rob), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 12:49 (one year ago) link

Love this album, love the first record as well.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 13:10 (one year ago) link

sick album.

calzino, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 13:23 (one year ago) link

I'm overdue to check out the previous one (loved "Rye Lane Shuffle/Drum Dance").

Since I'm not in the UK, I wonder how possible is it that "Shades of You" could get radio play?

dip to dup (rob), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 13:28 (one year ago) link

It got 6music radio play but that doesn't really count.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 13:36 (one year ago) link

Yeah, this is great. Also Joe Armon-Jones' stuff under his own name; he's done a couple of great albums.

fetter, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 14:39 (one year ago) link

Agree with the refs to Soul II Soul & Massive Attack - I keep expecting this stuff to cross over. Wanna hear it at my neighbours' barbecues.

fetter, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 14:41 (one year ago) link

I have been doing my part by making sure my neighbours hear “shades of you” every day (although I don’t actually play it very loud because I am a good boy)

Microbes oft teem (wins), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 15:06 (one year ago) link

love "shades of you" whole album is enormous but that track is a knockout for sure

Mordy, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 15:22 (one year ago) link

i love the way she sings "colors" on the opening line

Mordy, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 15:23 (one year ago) link

This is nice, very Tony Allen, I wonder how much of that came out of this?

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 15:25 (one year ago) link

lol just got to the 'In the Air Tonight' fills on Dancing in the Dark

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 15:28 (one year ago) link

Nothing against muted trumpet as such, but it sounded tinny in such robust setting, although Boyd was prob going for contrast: the sound of one in the city etc.--- I like it more now that I'm more familiar with the track and the album.

This was my gateway

Then this!

dow, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 15:45 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Out later this year,(Update: Sept 25, last I heard)'Blue Note Re:imagined' is a contemporary take on the label's timeless output, a newly recorded collection of songs by a broad cross-section of fresh voices.

It's a broad spread, too, moving from Ezra Collective and Shabaka Hutchings through to Yazmin Lacey, Alfa Mist, and Nubya Garcia.

Jorja Smith opted to tackle St Germain's 'Rose Rouge', which sampled Marlena Shaw’s vastly influential 'Cookin With Blue Note At Montreux' album. Play it via this post: Maybe too
2000 loungey at first, but builds.

Out now, it's the perfect lead in to the project, which follows Blue Note's 80th anniversary celebrations last year.

dow, Thursday, 11 June 2020 01:59 (one year ago) link

Sorry, that last line was from the magazine! The track is out now, album later.

dow, Thursday, 11 June 2020 02:00 (one year ago) link

A y2k time trip, but it's growing on me!

dow, Thursday, 11 June 2020 02:02 (one year ago) link

try to do it directly:

dow, Thursday, 11 June 2020 02:09 (one year ago) link

Seems like it sounds better now that I've switched to Firefox.

dow, Thursday, 11 June 2020 02:10 (one year ago) link

Don't know if they've added anything beyond her vocals, haven't done comparative listening yet.

dow, Thursday, 11 June 2020 02:11 (one year ago) link

Listened all the way through again, nice!

dow, Thursday, 11 June 2020 02:12 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

love this record sooo much

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Sunday, 28 June 2020 14:24 (eleven months ago) link

i love the way she sings "colors" on the opening line

― Mordy, Wednesday, May 6, 2020 11:23 AM (one month ago)

This is otm. In fact all her inflections on the verses are really compelling. Love this bit:

There is beauty in your darkness
So much colour in your soul
Seeping as I put it
I enter your black hole

rob, Sunday, 28 June 2020 14:48 (eleven months ago) link

BTB and Shades of You are both awesome, but the whole thing is great.

Tōne Locatelli Romano (PBKR), Sunday, 28 June 2020 21:37 (eleven months ago) link

Excerpts of these tracks are brief but promising and thread-relevant---on the site, looks like you can get digital, if only track by track at this point (maybe wait & see what options turn up on Amazon etc. when it's released)

Soul Jazz Records’ new album ‘Kaleidoscope – New Spirits Known and Unknown’ brings together many of the ground-breaking artists involved in the new jazz scene that has developed in the UK over the last few years. Featured artists include Matthew Halsall, Yazmin Lacey, Ill Considered, Tenderlonious, Theon Cross, Emma-Jean Thackray and many, many more in this ground-breaking release.

As well as sharing a pioneering spirit in these new artists’ approach to frontier-crossing musical boundaries, a further theme of this album is that many also share a determination to independent practices - and most of these artists’ recordings featured here are either self-published or released on independent labels. While the attention of this new wave of jazz artists has up until now has been London-based, this album shows how this movement is spread across the whole of Britain (and indeed beyond).

‘Kaleidoscope – New Spirits Known and Unknown’ shows that while there is commonality in these artists approach to music, there is a wide variety of styles – from deep spiritual jazz, electronic experimentalisation, punk-edged funk, uplifting modal righteousness, deep soulful vocals and much more.

Soul Jazz Records’ new release comes as a superb one-off pressing special deluxe triple album edition which comes with a bonus limited-edition one-off pressing 7" single, a standard triple album, and a deluxe double CD pack. This album also comes with extensive sleevenotes, artist interviews and exclusive photography.


Soul Jazz records are also releasing an exclusive one-off pressing double-headed 12” single featuring Theon Cross and Pokus released on the same day as the ‘Kaleidoscope’ album release. These two tracks do not feature on the vinyl edition of the album - this 12" single will will also be deleted on day of release.

Release Date
17 July 2020

In case that image of the cover goes away, here are the tracks:
1 Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra – When The World Was One
2 Yazmin Lacey – 90 Degrees
3 Hector Plimmer – Communication Control
4 Ill Considered – Long Way Home (Live At The Crypt)
5 The Expansions – Mosaic
6 Chip Wickham – Red Planet
7 Levitation Orchestra – Odyssey
8 Emma-Jean Thackray – Walrus
9 Tenderlonious and The 22archestra – The Shakedown
10 Pokus – Pokus One
11 Theon Cross – Candace Of Meroe
12 Joe Armon-Jones & Maxwell Owin – Tanner's Tango
13 Collocutor – Gozo
14 Makaya McCraven – Untitled
15 Nat Birchall – Ancient World
16 Ruby Rushton – Moonlight Woman
17 Ebi Soda – Dimmsdale
18 The Cromagnon Band – Thunder Perfect
19 SEED Ensemble – Mirrors
20 Ishmael Ensemble – Kito's Theme
21 Vels Trio – Yellow Ochre (Part 1)
More info, audio snips:

dow, Tuesday, 30 June 2020 19:39 (eleven months ago) link

I like that Makaya McCraven is an honorary member of this scene now

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 19:40 (eleven months ago) link

Yeah! I'll prob get the 2-CD

dow, Tuesday, 30 June 2020 19:41 (eleven months ago) link

I don't know much about Ill Considered, but I love their s/t album from a few years ago

fetter, Tuesday, 30 June 2020 19:58 (eleven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

trying to get into this via "shades of you" but the production on that track sounds like dogshit to me :/

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Thursday, 23 July 2020 21:41 (ten months ago) link

maybe it's a s1sk problem lol

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Thursday, 23 July 2020 21:44 (ten months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Got my 2-CD Kaleidoscope, just played it for the first time, and right away hearing several, if not quite a few, that would work on a mixtape w Dark Matter. Maybe not he ones by McCraven and Ill Considered, but they're reall good in other ways---lots of cohesive variety here, as well there might be, going by all the connections made and noted in booklet. Several of these artist started out pretty isolated, but maybe that was an advantage in some ways, developing their own sound (w help of That One Guy, even, a teacher and/or mentor, early on), before they get to the scenes, and this big tent community.

dow, Friday, 14 August 2020 20:32 (ten months ago) link

Dark Matter has been my aoty since I first heard it, and even lots of other albums I like have come out since, it still is. (The Sault album is the only one that’s come close, and it could practically be a sibling, even though its influences are more pop and less jazz.)

even though

Oscar Jerome's album has just come out, he's worked with Moses Boyd, Joe Armon-Jones, Kokoroko etc.; it's jazzy, funky, latiny singer-songwritery stuff, very good, although not as good as he is live.

fetter, Monday, 17 August 2020 18:45 (ten months ago) link

Thanks for reminder on Sault; I don't think I've heard of Oscar, will check that too.
Now going through some other releases by Kaleidoscope contributors (Tenderlonious and Nubya Garcia have albs out this Fri. 21rst)
For instance: take a bracing break with Yazmin Lacey's current EP, Morning Matters. Pretty thread-relevannt: if that doesn't show, it's on YouTube Music, lots of these K-scopers are on bandcamp too---bandcamp may be better for artists, but YTM has better audio on my little old set-up.

dow, Monday, 17 August 2020 19:23 (ten months ago) link

Not the best art, but pertains to the music.

dow, Monday, 17 August 2020 19:26 (ten months ago) link

Also thread-relevant: K-scope contributor Emma-Jean Thackray's "Movementt" (sic) from her 2020 Rain Dance EP, where she samples her band's live performances and adds instruments, sometimes vocals---on this particular track, she plays all the instruments, and I always like her voice (nice video for this one too)--would work in a mix w Dark Matter tracks I think:

dow, Tuesday, 18 August 2020 18:06 (ten months ago) link

Gilles Peterson Presents MV4
Taken from a day of live sessions in London’s legendary Maida Vale Studios - studio MV4 to be exact, it was originally intended just for Peterson’s BBC radio show broadcast on 20th October 2018. Struck by what a special moment the sessions captured, Peterson has decided to mark the results with a release proper on his Brownswood imprint.

A limited special double vinyl release(download also, from bandcamp & elsewhere) it features a diverse, all-star cast of some of the acts celebrated by Peterson in recent years, in a series of freewheeling and off-the-cuff recordings, several of the tracks backed by the group of Brownswood signee, Joe Armon-Jones. Featuring Dylan Jones, James Mollison, Mutale Chashi, and Marijus Aleksa as well as guest turns from Fatima, Asheber, Nubya Garcia, Hak Baker, and Oscar Jerome, plus a double track special from Bristol based collective, Ishmael Ensemble.
Think all of this is thread-relevent, esp, tracks w guest vcx: right off, the strong yet never overselling lungs of Asheber on "New Day," likewise plus driving rhythm-guitar-as soloing-instrument of xpost Oscar Jerome on "Do You Really", hope and urgency of Fatima on "Only."
Then Hax Baker's phrasing combines dancehall, maybe hip-hop, improvised-seeming exchanges with the rhythm section in a way I've never heard, though I'm not from around here. That's "Thirsty Thursday," more romantic than you might think re title.
Whole thing is morning coffee for basking & grooving.
Will spare you the cover "art," but here's where I listened

dow, Wednesday, 19 August 2020 22:53 (ten months ago) link

vox, not vcx, Hak not Hax Baker, although not bad for typos.

dow, Wednesday, 19 August 2020 22:56 (ten months ago) link

What other Peterson collections should I get? I know he's been around a long time, I see appealing titles, but no idea where to go next.

dow, Wednesday, 19 August 2020 22:58 (ten months ago) link

Holy Modal, just listened to Nubya Garcia's new Source: so far her tenor's seeming heavy and unresponsive to peppery drums etc. on first two tracks, but the rest blows me away, and is mostly thread/mix-relevant:

Source (featuring Ms MAURICE, Cassie Kinoshi, Richie Seivwright) 12:08


Together Is A Beautiful Place To Be 07:36


Stand With Each Other (featuring Ms MAURICE, Cassie Kinoshi, Richie Seivwright) 03:38


Inner Game 07:44


La cumbia me está llamando (featuring La Perla) 04:15


Before Us: In Demerara & Caura (featuring Ms MAURICE) 08:00


Boundless Beings (featuring Akenya) 02:46

Award-winning saxophonist and composer Nubya Garcia announces her debut album SOURCE, to be released August 21, 2020 on Concord Jazz. Produced by Garcia herself in collaboration with celebrated producer Kwes (Bobby Womack, Solange, Nerija), the album is announced after the release of lead single “Pace” and a rousing live performance on the BBC’s 2020 Glastonbury Experience.
SOURCE explores a multidimensional jazz sound layered with soul, afro-diasporic sounds and hints of dub-step along the way.
Tracks 4 and 6 are the relatively mainstream--vibrantm and in the case of "Inner Game," fast-ballads, the rest is more cosmopolitan yall, all ranging from affecting to exhilarating. (Well-rounded, and even a bit more variety in the closer, which is Arkestra-worthy Earthlight serenade.)
I listened here:

dow, Friday, 21 August 2020 23:51 (ten months ago) link

What the hell, anyway check YouTube for Nubya Garcia Source full album (opener "Pace" is playing again, and now I get it, but think those I pasted fit thread better)

dow, Friday, 21 August 2020 23:53 (ten months ago) link

Joe Armon-Jones' keys delight all over this.

dow, Friday, 21 August 2020 23:55 (ten months ago) link

Ebi Soda, Ugh: Body, brio, beats, trombones, other horns, dubwise, occasional voices: this album (titled Ugh) will get you or at least me high for a night. At a time, that is (reasonable0. Now in stereo.
Stupid cover, but I sure hope this link works:

dow, Tuesday, 25 August 2020 04:09 (nine months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Is there any catch-all thread for the whole current London jazz scene including Boyd, Garcia, Shabaka Hutchings, Yazz Ahmed, Camilla George, SEED Ensemble, Maisha, Nerija, etc? There's so much interconnections between these people and their sound that a separate thread might be nice?

Tuomas, Wednesday, 9 September 2020 09:34 (nine months ago) link

Well yeah, but that one is technically about Hutchings just like this one is about Boyd... I meant a thread for the entire scene.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 9 September 2020 09:37 (nine months ago) link

I can start one if it doesn't exist yet, I feel like they deserve a single unifying thread?

Tuomas, Wednesday, 9 September 2020 09:38 (nine months ago) link

There's a great set by KOKOROKO at the Proms on the BBC i-player at the moment

fetter, Wednesday, 9 September 2020 10:09 (nine months ago) link

This one is about Boyd... I meant a thread for the entire scene. This one's gotten to be about others as well, but good to have more threads covering the scene, scenes, yeah!

dow, Friday, 11 September 2020 01:21 (nine months ago) link

five months pass...

Can't manage the post now, but on youtube check Katy B vocals for Boyd's remix of "2 Far Gone"--hope he'll remix--the whole album maybe? Why not. Check her thread too.

dow, Sunday, 21 February 2021 18:06 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Said remix:

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 10 March 2021 16:07 (three months ago) link

there was discussion of that in the katy b thread, it's fantastic

ufo, Wednesday, 10 March 2021 20:26 (three months ago) link

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